What Operating Systems Are Available for Free?

Some operating systems that are available for free include Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Elementary OS, openSUSE and Fedora. Each of these operating systems are based on Linux, a free and open-source operating system designed to be an alternative to Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS maintained by the community.

Linux-based operating systems are each designed with different goals and use cases in mind. Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE and Elementary OS each aim to be a general-purpose operating system that the average user can learn and use as an everyday operating system. The primary difference to the end-user between distributions include the graphical user interface, software management system and bundled software. Linux distributions cannot run Windows software natively but are capable of running some Windows software using a package called WINE.